Climate change is here to stay. We have no choice but to get used to it.
We have to acknowledge the irreversibility of climate change…we can't fight the physics of slow ocean warming, and we can't wave a wand to make greenhouse-gas emissions disappear. Every region needs a climate-change adaptation plan for the coming few decades. But beyond that point, further climatic changes—perhaps to a point where the planet's state is unrecognizably different—are not inevitable. If we care about the condition of that world, the only way to avoid those changes is to do what people have always done when faced with an overwhelming project: Get started.
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